Wednesday, August 24, 2016

COME ON DOWN – the price is right

the-village-inn.pngJohn Price, is offering fellow fans, who are members of the Darlington FC Supporters Group, a 20 per cent discount on food at The Village Inn, Brompton on production of their membership card.

John, who has clocked up just over a quarter of a century as a Darlington fan, travels home and away whenever his business commitments allow.

But, while as a supporter he is one of the many who have stayed loyal to the club, as a businessman he is one of the few – but not, he hopes, for long.

“It would be great if other businesses supported the fans and the club,” he said. “The idea of being a community run club is that everybody puts a little bit in. That’s the only way it can work.”

“The incentive for businesses is that they are helping the club, while increasing their customer base. It’s mutually beneficial.”

There are all sorts of ways in which businesses in the town and surrounding area can chip in and feel part of the Quakers’ revival. Advertising, sponsorship, and the sort of discount scheme that The Village Inn offer are all welcome.

John feels that in future more clubs will operate in the community-based model rather than rely on individual wealthy backers.

“We are not the first club to have this model, and we have learned from others and I feel we have got it right, with a great bond between the fans and the players.”

“More clubs will do what we have done, and maybe we will be ahead of the game. But we have to make sure that as many people as possible contribute.”

In some respects the club has come full circle since John became a Feethams regular.

“I was 10 or 11 years old and able to go to games with my mates, and didn’t need an adult with us. It was in the Conference and Fourth Division title years under Brian Little.”

“Like now, the team was winning a lot more games than it lost. But there has been a big gap of unsuccessful seasons in between then and now.”

Marco Gabbiadini was John’s favourite player, and he fondly remembers those two sensational seasons when the former Sunderland man banged in a total of over 50 goals.

But the current team and the string of promotions makes for some of the happiest times John has had following the Quakers.

“While it would be good to see a return to the Football League, we have to enjoy the journey. It’s great fun at the moment, visiting some of the smaller grounds and mixing with opposition fans with everybody wishing each other well.”

“That feel-good factor was missing towards the end of our Football League and Conference days before we became a community club.”

“We have a great spirit now, a bit like at the Olympic Games. I enjoyed watching the games on television even though there was live Premier League football on another channel.”

“Darlington is like that now. We have an Olympic-type spirit which is missing from the higher levels of football.”

“That is down to our great fan base, far bigger than other clubs at our level. When we are at away games now, sometimes outnumbering home fans, it reminds me of the days when the likes of Carlisle and Preston came to Feethams or the Arena and seemed to take over.”

John was so delighted when Quakers won promotion last season, that after the big win at Whitby he offered the players a free meal.

“I don’t know if anyone took me up on it, but ironically at that time Adam Reed and Neil Maddison came into the Devonport for Sunday lunch,” he said.

While former players are part of the rich history of the club, it is the present and future that is now so exciting.

And if enough businesses pledge their support like The Village Inn is doing then the club can forge ahead and everyone’s a winner.

DFCSG Chair Chris Stockdale added, “The link up with The Village Inn is mutually beneficial for both parties concerned and the discount is another great reason to sign-up as a member of the Supporters Group. If you’ve not yet joined or renewed you can do so online at, at the fans table before a home game at Blackwell Meadows, or at Quaker Retail.”

Phone: 01609 771 040

Solihull Moors

Wed 8th Jan - KO 19:45

Click here for travel information

The DFCSG - strengthening the roots of our club

The DFCSG created and manage the B2D fund, which is funding available to help establish the Club back in Darlington. The fund acts as the primary collection pot for monies raised from direct donations and events organised by the DFCSG Fundraising Group.

Of course, there are many ways in which you can help the club directly but, if you’re specifically looking for a quick and easy way to support the establishment of a solid foundation for the Club in its new home, then it only takes a few minutes to set up a one-off or regular donation to the B2D Fund either by your online or high street banking service.

For monthly standing orders or a one off donation please send monies to the following account:

“Darlington FC Supporters Group”
Lloyds Bank
Sort code: 30-84-43
Account No: 30283268

To pay by cheque please make cheque payable to
“Darlington FC Supporters Group” and send to

Darlington FC Supporters Group
c/o Blackwell Meadows
Grange Road
County Durham

Please quote your name in the reference area when using internet banking and, on the back of your cheque, include your name and address.

Remember there are many ways to help the Club… can you think of any more? Please tell us about it either by email or in person at the Fans Table in the bar at all home games.

  • Buying a Season Ticket helps to provide the Manager with additional funding needed to strengthen the team at the start of each new season
  • Attending matches provides the club with a constant stream of money throughout the season, from additional match-day ticket sales and revenues from catering and other sales (e.g. programme sales, match-day raffle tickets, 50:50 match-day draw, Club merchandise).
  • The Come On Darlo Prediction League is a fun way to add a little bit of an edge to your season - use your skill and judgement to predict how we and the other local clubs will do in the coming season, and who will be the big winners and losers nationally, come the end of the season.
  • The Sponsor a Goal scheme is a fan-run initiative which has raised over £8000 for the Club since it began in season 2012-13.
  • For as little as £5/month the DFC Fans Lottery Draw provides you with the chance to win either £50 in each weekly draw, or even more in the monthly Super Draw. The Lottery has raised more than £10,000 for the Club over the past 12 months.
  • The Fundraising Group runs a series of entertainment fundraising events over the year, the proceeds of which go into the B2D fund.
The Darlington FC Supporters Group (DFCSG) was established on April 10th 2015 with the merger of the CIC, Supporters Club and Supporters Trust. Darlington FC Supporters Group holds approximately 62% of the equity of Darlington Football Club and is therefore the major shareholder as well as being the Corporate Director of Darlington Football Club 1883 Ltd.

quaker-retail-160x200.jpgQuaker Retail is the club shop and is open Monday to Friday between 10am and 1pm in the foyer at the Dolphin Centre, in Darlington Marketplace.

To contact the shop either telephone 07488 564642 (only available during shop opening hours) or send an email to:

You can also shop online at

Join the DFCSG

Join the DFCSG online right now and have a say in the future of your club.


Join the DFCSG

Already a member?

Renew Membership

Contact us

If you have any questions for the DFCSG Board, or would like to get more involved by contributing your thoughts or ideas on how to make our Club even more successful, or if you have any other matter that you’d like to raise or perhaps even stand for election to the DFCSG Board then you can contact us here.